The IJN Tako class Heavy Cruiser Maya was finished at the Kawasaki shipyard and commissioned on June 30, 1932. She was originally armed with 10 x 203 mm 50-cal (8 in.), 8 x 127 mm (5 in.) 40-cal duel purpose, 8 x 25 mm AA, 4 x 13.2 mm AA, 4 x 4 610 mm torpedo tubes, one Aichi E13A1 Jake and two F1M2 Pete seaplanes. When WWII broke out the Maya participated in the invasion of the Philippines. After the invasion she performed convoy escort and anti submarine patrols. In February 1942 she participated raid on Port Darwin, Australia after which she performed anti shipping patrols sinking several ships. After overhaul, she provide gunfire support for the invasion of the Aleutian Islands. In October and again in November 1942 the Maya bombards Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. On March 26, 1943 she fights in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands where she is lightly damaged. On November 5, 1943 the Maya is attacked a SBD dive bomber from USS Saratoga and is hit by a bomb in the aircraft deck which starts a major fire in the engine room. After undergoing emergency repairs at Rabaul she departs for Japan for a major overhaul where she undergoes major repairs and modification to an AA cruiser. Her No. 3 8 inch turret is removed as well as the twin mount 25 mm AA guns, 4.7 inch guns, twin torpedo tube mounts and the seaplane hangar. Thirteen Type 96 triple mount 25 mm AA guns, six twin 127 mm HA, nine Type 96 single mount 25 mm AA guns and 36 Type 93 13 mm Machineguns are installed along with 4 type 92 quadruple torpedo mounts and a Type 22 surface search radar. After her conversion the Maya fights in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and is lightly damaged. After repairs she fights in the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 22, 1944. At 0555 on October 23, 1944 the Maya is hit by 4 torpedoes fired by the submarine USS Dace SS-247. At 0605, Maya sinks taking 470 crew with her.